What is ATFs position on electronic versions of ATF Form 4473?
Licensees who find an electronic version of ATF Form 4473, “Firearms Transaction Record,” on a website should not use it in conducting their business. ATF has not authorized anyone to display the Form 4473 over the Internet. Therefore, there is no guarantee that a Form 4473 posted on a website is identical to the Government-issued Form 4473. If you use such a form, you risk violating the Gun Control Act (GCA) by failing to complete and keep required GCA records. If you need additional copies of Form 4473, you may get them free of charge from the ATF Distribution Center (P.O. Box 5950, Springfield, Virginia 22150-5950; telephone no.: 703-455-7801.) In addition, if you would like to use an electronic version of this form, you may apply to ATF for a variance pursuant to 27 CFR § 178.22. Please note that among other requirements needed for approval, your request for a variance only will be granted if your computer-generated Form 4473 is identical to the Government-printed form. Accordingly